Minister of Healthcare Yelzhan Birtanov made a presentation today at the World Health Organization Global Conference in Montevideo (Uruguay) on enhancing the policy coherence in the areas affecting the prevention and epidemiological surveillance of noncommunicable diseases. The Minister acted as a speaker from the European region.

In his address, he spoke about the Densaulyk Healthcare Development Program, which is the most important tool for planning and monitoring, ensuring the commitment to reforming the system and achieving certain key performance indicators.

Yelzhan Birtanov noted that Kazakhstan welcomes the efforts around the world to prevent and combat NCDs, and also joins them through sound internal policies based on evidence-based public health strategies.

He also said that the strengthening of the national health service is one of the key tasks of the Densaulyk State Program for 2016-2019. To date, the Government has approved the national model of the public health service of Kazakhstan, which is based on the ten main public healthcare functions defined by WHO.

In addition, thanks to the Internet, today people are informed about their health and can learn to stay healthy. And we must use all modern and innovative information and communication technologies to help people be healthy.

“We assume that information and communication technologies should reduce the gap in people's knowledge of their health condition. Technology will also provide access to medical care. The use of modern telecommunication technologies opens up wide opportunities for improving the prevention and treatment of diseases. Physical access to doctors is expanded due to instant virtual access. Communication between patients and doctors will be facilitated not only by access to therapists, but also to all members of the team involved in the treatment of the patient’s diseases,” – Yelzhan Birtanov added.

“Another task of the Densaulyk State Program is focused on an integrated approach to providing services for noncommunicable diseases. All services, despite their level and complexity, should be integrated around the patient. In Kazakhstan, we integrate some of the previously separately administered specialized services, such as oncology, mental health and tuberculosis with primary health care. The basis for an integrated approach to health care is interactive patient-centered services and multi-field team-based treatment,” – the Minister said.

At the end of his speech, he invited his counterparts to attend the conference dedicated to the 40th anniversary of the Alma-Ata Declaration on Primary Health Care (PHC), which will be held with the participation of WHO and UNICEF in Almaty in October 2018. In this regard, it should be noted that the main topic of the conference will be the issues of PHC and information technologies.

“We believe that primary care is the “heart and doors” of healthcare and a key factor influencing people's behavior and the fight against diseases,” – Yelzhan Birtanov summed up his speech.

It should be recalled that in May of this year, at the 70th World Health Assembly in Geneva, Y. Birtanov made an initiative to update the historic Alma-Ata WHO Declaration on primary health care of 1978. At the same time, during the 67th session of the Regional Committee for Europe in Budapest, WHO Director General Tedros Ghebreyesus, during a meeting with the Kazakh delegation, expressed support for the discussion of the updated version of this declaration, taking into account the current challenges and changes over the years. The head of WHO also proposed the creation of a joint working group with the participation of representatives of the WHO European Bureau, the Ministry of Healthcare of the Republic of Kazakhstan and international experts on PHC. The updated Declaration is planned to be submitted to the 72nd World Health Assembly in May 2019.

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The WHO Conference on Noncommunicable Diseases in Montevideo (Uruguay) is attended by heads of state and government, ministers of health, agriculture, finance, foreign affairs, state planning and trade, public policy makers, as well as international experts and activists.

Published: 19 October 2017



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